BJD to contest 2 of 3 RS seats in Odisha
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Last Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012, 19:58
Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD in Odisha on Friday announced former Indian hockey captain Dilip Tirkey and senior leader Rabi Mohapatra as its Rajya Sabha candidates for two of the three seats, while deciding against fielding a third for the biennial elections scheduled for March 30.

Announcing this, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik said "as we do not have the assurance of support of NCP and a lone CPI member in the assembly we will not be fielding a third candidate."

While the ruling BJD has 103 members in the 147-member assembly, there are four NCP and a CPI members in the house.

Congress has 27 members and BJP has six. There are also three Independents.

The chief minister said that Tirkey, a five time Olympian, would raise the issues of youth in Parliament.

Describing Mohapatra, the party's Nayagarh district president, as a selfless social worker, Patnaik said he had been associated with the party since the days of legendary Biju Patnaik.

"He is a very long time associate of Biju parivar. He was associated with the party when I was not in politics," the chief minister said.


First Published: Friday, March 16, 2012, 19:58

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